7) The Order of the Stick – This self-published Webcomic has been around in paper format since 2005, but artist Rich Burlew ran out of copies of the early books and found it too expensive to print up another batch himself. He took to Kickstarter, hoping his fans would be willing to front the cost. With the promise of bonuses like magnets featuring their favorite characters, they ended up blowing past all expectations.
(Amount sought: $57,750. Amount raised: $1,254,120)
6) Elevation Dock – As widely praised as the iPhone and iPod Touch are, it's hard to find someone who has something nice to say about their charging docks. There are plenty on the market, but most have flaws. Designer Casey Hopkins came up with an alternative that mimics Apple's minimalistic design philosophy, but lets the phone dock regardless of whether it's in a protective case. Designers had hoped to start shipping the product in April, but as yet it's still not available.
(Amount sought: $75,000. Amount raised: $1,464,707)
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5) Shadowrun Returns – Shadowrun started as a very popular role-playing board game in the late 1980s; the franchise has grown into a collectible card game, a series of novels and several video games in the mid-90s. Jordan Weisman, the game's creator, returned for this version and made the decision to go old school. "Shadowrun Returns" won't be a 3D graphic-packed video game like most titles on the market today. Instead, it will feature 2D graphics and eschew multiplayer for a more intimate experience.
(Amount sought: $400,000. Amount raised: $1,836,447)
4) Wasteland 2 – When it was published in 1988 by Electronic Arts, Wasteland was the first game to introduce a post-apocalyptic setting to the role-playing genre (which had previously been limited to worlds of swords and sorcery). It earned a core fan base, but was never made into a franchise. Brian Fargo, who was executive producer on the original and who retained the rights, resurrected the game on Kickstarter — and that fan base (and gamers who had seen the legacy the original game created in successors like Fallout) was eager to return to the Wasteland.
(Amount sought: $900,000. Amount raised: $2,933,252)